This vase exemplifies the inspired reinterpretation of the highly esteemed glazes and forms of the Song dynasty. The diminutive forms of the early dynasty are transformed to a magnificent and imposing scale. It features a perfect, luminous, even glaze and an innovative elegant form, and is extremely pleasing to the eye and outstandingly soft to the touch. It was created by the imperial kilns most probably under the supervision of Tang Ying (1682-1756), China’s most able superintendent of the imperial porcelain manufactory. Featuring a magnificent celadon-green glaze of understated beauty, this vase is exceedingly rare amongst Qianlong imperial porcelains and no identical example appears to be recorded.
A similarly glazed but faceted hu-form handled vase of large size was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 8th October 2013, lot 3018. See also a massive ru-type hu-form vase with dragon-head handles sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 5th October 2011, lot 1986.
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